BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute in Baton Rouge was chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense to participate in a comprehensive knee injury medical trial.

The $4 million medical trial called the Surgical Timing and rehabilitation (STaR) trial aims to benefit military service members, athletes, and people who suffer from multiple-ligament knee injuries.

“These injuries, which are complex and potentially devastating, often result in prolonged time away from duty, work or sports. Even with the best treatment, full recovery is not guaranteed,” said Ochsner Baton Rouge in a news release.

According to Ochsner Baton Rouge, the STaR Trial Network consists of 25 military and academic medical centers and over 50 of the best knee surgeons in the U.S. and Canada.

The medical director of Ochsner Baton Rouge’s sports medicine program says these types of knee injuries require extremely specialized care and training, comparing surgery necessary to transplant surgery.

“This study requires not only high-level treatment but also the ability to track outcomes, perform high-level functional tests to assess patient progress and the use of stringent research protocols to ensure the most accurate results possible,” said Dr. Jeremy Burnham.